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Crosby’s remodels stores in Albion, Gaines

Photos by Tom Rivers: Melissa Clark, store manager of the Crosby’s in Gaines, is pictured by the new expanded beverage area at the convenience store located at the corner of Routes 98 and 104.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 February 2017 at 2:31 pm

This group cuts the ribbon on the improvements at the Gaines store. They include, from left: Darrin Barber, Crosby’s director of operations; Tim Buchman, senior account manager for Schmitt Sales which supplies the Crosby’s with fuel; Janice Hunt, district supervisor; Missy Kruger, former store manager now at Hamlin store; Melissa Clark, store manager; Carol Culhane, Gaines town supervisor; and Doug Galli, vice president and general manager for Crosby’s.

GAINES – Crosby’s, which owns 49 convenience stores in Western New York, today celebrated recent renovations of the stores in Albion and Gaines.

The company made a six-figure investment in each location, upgrading kitchen equipment, the interior décor, adding digital menus, and expanding the beverage offerings with more machines for coffee, milkshakes and fountain sodas.

“We’re not just a gas station,” said Doug Galli, Crosby’s vice president and general manager. “We’re a convenience store that also sells gasoline.”

The company wants to promote its pizza, sub sandwiches and high-quality coffee, Galli said.

Crosby’s tries to upgrade each store every seven to eight years, he said.

The Gaines and Albion stores will also soon get order kiosks, which will speed up the time for customers to place orders.

Carol Culhane, the Gaines town supervisor, said the Gaines store in historic Childs is busy. She remembers when the site was once a small grocery store owned by the Radzinski family. In the late 1990s, the Piedimonte family tore down the grocery store and built a new convenience store and gas station called JP’s II. Crosby’s acquired the site about seven years ago.

“They have a great business,” Culhane said today during a ribbon-cutting celebration. “They’re friendly and the store is always well kept up.”

She said it is a popular spot on Ridge Road.

“It’s a great place where you can grab and go,” she said.

The Gaines store has 13 employees. Crosby’s also owns stores in Orleans County in Albion, Kendall, Clarendon, Holley and Medina.

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